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Our Mission



The mission of Mount Saint Mary's University Libraries is to inspire inquiry, foster intellectual and personal growth, and promote the effective use of information. As an academic library serving a diverse community, we are dedicated to providing access to information resources that reflect many voices and perspectives. Our innovative services engage students and faculty and advance the mission of the University. Our highest measure of success is a graduate who has developed the skills to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly information-laden environment, and who uses those skills to better the world.




We develop skilled researchers who create interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary problems.


We believe in the primacy of women's voices, scholarship, and contributions to the collective effort to build a better world.

Critical Thinking

We emphasize the role of inquiry in creating new knowledge. We promote critical information literacy and an understanding of the legal and socioeconomic interests that influence information production and dissemination.

Open Discourse

In keeping with the Catholic intellectual tradition, we advocate for the inclusion and wide dissemination of ideas, knowledge, and information. We support intellectual freedom, academic freedom, and civil discourse.


We prize the diversity and inclusiveness of our community and strive to address inequities that still exist.


We intensify our value through partnerships and collaborations while providing stewardship of our spaces and resources.


We continue the tradition of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, to respond to the urgent needs of the world and be of service to others.


We respect the privacy of our users in their exploration of information.